𝗔𝗦𝗠𝗔 𝗧𝗟𝗙𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟮 – The Role of AI in the Future of Higher Education in India
The role of AI in the future of higher education in India was the topic of ASMA’s Thought Leadership Forum. Artificial intelligence, as we all know, is infiltrating practically every facet of our life. Since 2020, our educational sector’s dependence on AI has grown, and we are realizing AI’s enormous potential in this field.
The forum began with our moderator, Bhupesh Daheria, CEO of Aegis School of Business & Founder of mUni Campus. He believes that exciting things are happening in the field of AI and that there are six essential pillars of education, which are: designing and launching a course, marketing a program, enrolling students, teaching the set course to the students, assessing the students and their performance, and finally campus placement. He then invited eminent speakers to contribute to the forum.
Dr. Swati Lodha, Director of MET Institute of Management, was the forum’s second speaker, and she shared her expert view on AI. She stated that AI has infiltrated our lives and that we cannot escape it. The best combination of human intelligence and artificial intelligence will see us through. She briefed us about the role of AI at her college as an educator. During the admissions process, AI techniques such as chatbots are used. She also stated that AI allows them to see the types of applicants who apply to their universities and learn about their behavior and aspirations through data analysis and other means.
Because admission procedures are evolving, teachers frequently see their students only after they have been enrolled. She also mentioned that AI allows us to reach the most remote corners of our country. Organizations are reaching the most remote corners of our country which is only conceivable with artificial intelligence and was not possible 5 years ago.
AI can present pupils with individualized insights that can aid in their development. It’s also worth noting that AI allows us to do tasks faster and streamline processes to make our lives easier. This, however, is only achievable if and when we first teach our educators.
Prof. Victor Gambhir, President of JECRC University, spoke about the university and the courses it offers, as well as the myriad issues colleges, face these days. Implementing outcome-based education is one of the most difficult challenges. The challenge is deciding on a path of action and a program outcome, the result for each student/course. How would you tell the difference between two kids that have the same grade point average but specialize in different subjects?
Another issue that institutions face is a lack of bandwidth. Universities will need AI tools to assist them to evaluate large amounts of data or examination papers. Otherwise, it will be the teachers who will be under pressure, which would have an impact on the quality of teaching. He also brought up a fundamental issue that private universities face: keeping talent. The staff consists of retired government professors or new teachers with fewer than two years of experience. With high attrition rates in technical-based courses, his concern is that he will have to spend time teaching teachers through courses like UpGrad, Coursera, and others for teachers who will eventually depart or train retired academics who just have basic computing expertise.
Dr. Ravi Kumar Jain, Dean of the Vijay Patil School of Management, was the next speaker, emphasizing the importance of digital interaction through chatbots, AR, VR, and other technologies. B-Schools have been using these for some years, even before Covid. We are transitioning from uniformity to the personalization of education. We can improve learning by focusing on the localization of language. He has witnessed the development of basic AI assisting tools for effective learning. He believes Symbiosis was one of the first companies to employ AI for internal appraisals, where student participation was also tracked. The students also loved the procedure and did not regard it as work. Existing technology has been improved and revamped to make life easier in the curriculum delivery, teaching, and learning processes that use adopting, assessing, and immersive processes. These strategies will make our teachers’ jobs considerably easier as well as more efficient.
The next speaker at the forum was Dr. Balakrishna Shetty, VC of Sri Siddhartha University, who discussed educational barriers. He discussed how talented Indian students perform incredibly well abroad yet are sometimes overlooked in their home country. With this scenario in mind, he discussed the need for artificial intelligence in teaching. With the use of examples, he demonstrated how AI will eliminate the language barrier and speed the procedure so that students can publish their work in any journal/research article/or anyplace across the globe. This will assist us to address our employment issue.
He is convinced that India will soon become the world’s educational and healthcare hub, and that AI will help us get there. Students will be able to take full credit for their work with AI, resulting in greater offers. Implementation is still a key source of worry. He also complimented COVID for hastening the digitization of education in India, allowing students to study from anywhere.
The moderator, Bhupesh Daheria, CEO of Aegis School of Business; Founder, of mUni Campus, joined the stage and discussed the implementation issue. Another big challenge is integrating multiple silo systems. To make AI work, data must be stored in a central location where everything can work in unison.
All the speakers then came together to talk about the other problems in education, AI, and the kind of changes we need in the educational sector to increase the standard of our education.
Dr. Amit Andre, the Chief Executive Officer of Data Tech Labs, made an industry presentation on the AI for India Program as the forum’s concluding speaker. He addressed the multiple opportunities available through the program, such as scholarships, employment opportunities, and other benefits.
The Thought Leadership Forum was a big success since it brought together educators from many sectors to express the numerous problems in the field of education. It was critical to highlight the different difficulties and solutions that will make our lives easier while also considerably improving the quality of our education. Overall, the forum was a resounding success!